North Texan survives Nepal quake, Mount Everest avalanche

A young woman from North Texas survived an earthquake in Nepal and is trying to get home.

A North Texas woman who survived an avalanche triggered by a 7.8 -magnitude earthquake in Nepal is trying to get home.

Danielle Banks, an Allen High School graduate, texted her mother Friday saying that she experienced an earthquake while on the way up Mount Everest.

Sharon Banks didn't hear from her daughter again until two days later.

"I was helpless you know, its gut wrenching. It's like there's nothing you can do, but just pray," said Sharon Banks. "You had come to the conclusion in your mind that she was no longer with you. I was thinking I was going to plan a funeral, yep. I didn't know. It was the worst feeling in the world not knowing where she was, if she was hurt."

Relatives took to social media, desperate for help. But then the 22-year-old sent another text message Sunday letting her mother know she's safe.

"I didn't think anything about it, I'd been getting so many and when I looked at it, it wasn't her phone number...she says ‘Hey mom this is Danielle.' I just jumped out of bed and cried more!"

Sharon Banks says her daughter began her 11-hour journey to the bottom of the mountain Sunday evening, and is working on making her way back to the United States. Danielle is presently at the American embassy, according to Sharon.

Danielle Banks in December graduated from Texas A&M University.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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